Jawan, the blockbuster film starring Shah Rukh Khan, Vijay Sethupathi and Nayanthara, has been making waves at the box office ever since its release on September 7. The film, directed by Atlee Kumar, is a political thriller that revolves around the dual roles of SRK as Vikram Rathore, a RAW agent, and Azad, a freedom fighter.
The film both entertained and educated the audience regarding the numerous issues and challenges that the current BJP government has confronted the nation with. It shed light on critical subjects that the ruling party and its allies have either disregarded or suppressed. Some of these topics are:
Film exposes issues pre-election season.
- The loan waiver scam: The film shows how the government has written off loans worth 17 lakh crores of their rich and crony friends, while harassing poor farmers for a few thousand loan amount. The film exposes the hypocrisy and injustice of the government that claims to be pro-poor and pro-farmer.
- Dr Kafeel Khan: The film is inspired by the case of Dr Kafeel Khan, who was falsely charged with medical negligence in BRD Medical College. 70 children lost their lives due to oxygen shortage in 2017. The truth is that it happened because of system failure and government negligence. The film depicts a courageous doctor being targeted by the government for exposing their corruption and incompetence.
- The defence scam: The film also talks about a defence scam that involves the Prime Minister and his close associates. The film hints at the real-life allegations of corruption and irregularities in the Rafale deal, which was signed by the BJP government with France. The film shows how the government compromises the national security and interests for personal gains.
- Aryan Khan case: The film references Aryan Khan’s arrest by the NCB in a fake drugs case, highlighting government harassment of celebrities and their families for political vendetta and propaganda. The dialogue says, “Bete ko haath lagane se pehle Baap se baat kar”.
- Communal politics: The film urges people to vote for leaders who prioritize good health and education over religious politics, referring to the BJP style of politics accused of spreading hatred and violence in the name of Hindutva and nationalism.
Praised for action, emotion, critique
The film garners praise for its action, emotion, and mass appeal, yet it offers a subtle critique of India’s present political landscape. It depicts India’s Prime Minister as a corrupt, power-hungry leader conspiring to assassinate his rival. Additionally, the film illustrates how the ruling party manipulates the media, police, and judiciary to advance their interests.
The BJP government, facing accusations of numerous scams, scandals, and controversies during its tenure, mirrors the real-life scenario depicted in the film.
The film hints at the role of the RSS, the ideological mentor of the BJP, in influencing the government’s policies and decisions. It also questions the nationalism and patriotism of the ruling party, which has frequently employed these terms to rationalize its actions and stifle dissent.
The film also exposes the dark side of power and corruption in the Indian political system, as Vikram Rathore uncovers a conspiracy that involves some of the most influential people in the country. The film raises questions about the true meaning of democracy and nationalism, and challenges the audience to think about their role and responsibility as citizens.
Jawan is not just an action-packed entertainer, but also an eye-opener before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The film highlights the importance of choosing the right leaders who can uphold the values and ideals of the nation, and not succumb to greed and selfishness. The film also urges the people to be aware of their rights and duties, and not let anyone take them for granted.
Film promotes Shah Rukh Khan
Some critics have also pointed out that the film is a clever way of promoting Shah Rukh Khan’s political ambitions, as he plays a heroic character who saves the nation from a tyrannical regime.
The film also showcases SRK’s popularity and charisma among the masses, especially among the youth and women. The film also features some dialogues that hint at SRK’s political views and aspirations.
Shah Rukh’s mainstay is soft patriotism. In Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, he upholds Indian values and convinces his girl’s father. In Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, he welcomes a guest from Bharat.
Jawan is a film that has not only entertained but also enlightened the audience about the state of affairs in India. It is a film that has indirectly hit the ruling BJP government and exposed its flaws and failures. It is a film that has challenged the status quo and inspired people to demand change.
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